Upwey Primary School feels that Art is a very important part of a child’s education. That is why we have a specialist art teacher run the program. Each student will attend art once a week, for 1 hour.
The arts are one of the main ways that humans define who they are. They often express a sense of community and ethnicity. Because the arts convey the spirit of the people who created them, they can help young people to acquire inter- and intra- cultural understanding. The arts are not just multi-cultural, they are transcultural; they invite cross-cultural communication. They teach openness towards those who are different from us. By putting us in touch with our own and other people’s feelings, the arts teach one of the great civilizing capacities – how to be empathetic. To the extent that the arts teach empathy, they develop our capacity for compassion and humaneness.
Dr Neryl Jeanneret, Faculty of Education, Univeristy of Newcastle